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Turkey seeks arrest of Saudi crown prince allies over Khashoggi

Turkey seeks arrest of Saudi crown prince allies over Khashoggi

Indeed, after Haspel's briefing, the groundswell of certainty and disgust will likely complicate the administration's efforts to protect the prince and its relationship with Saudi Arabia, even as lawmakers have yet to coalesce around a legislative response. The remaining five senators include Republicans Marco Rubio and Todd Young, as well as Democrats Dianne Feinstein, Ed Markey, and Chris Coons.

Saudi Arabia has faced heightened pressure as a result of the murder of Khashoggi, a Saudi government critic and Washington Post columnist who was killed in the country's Istanbul consulate on 2 October. Saudi authorities initially said Khashoggi, who had written articles critical of the crown prince's policies, had disappeared after safely leaving the consulate.

"I know some people in the United States are saying to replace one prince with another prince, which is to be honest with you, very offensive, because they take away the population and their desire, their aspirations, away. The motion to proceed's going to pass, and we're going to be in a fearless new world", the Connecticut Democrat told Roll Call on Tuesday.

Although her office does not have the legal authority to initiate a criminal investigation, she said it would be a welcome step to determine "what really happened and who are the ones responsible for that very bad killing".

Jamal Khashoggi went missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Two key Republican senators said Tuesday a briefing by Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel had only strengthened their conviction Prince Mohammed was behind the crime - a charge he denies. Graham said that may be true, but there is certainly a "smoking bonesaw", alluding to the murder weapon suspected to have killed Khashoggi.




The Tennessee Republican said that with the schedule changes necessitated by the funeral of President George H.W. Bush, floor debate would most likely come up on Monday, Dec. 10. "You have to be willfully blind not to come to the conclusion that this was orchestrated and organized by people under the command of MBS and that he was intricately involved in the demise of Mr. Khashoggi".

The resolution also called on Saudi Arabia to end a blockade imposed by itself and three other Arab states on Qatar in June a year ago and seek a political solution in the worst diplomatic rift to have struck the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

The administration has sanctioned 17 Saudis expected to involved, but lawmakers are demanding much more serious consequences. "But since I have such respect for them, I'm going to assume they are being good soldiers ..."

The crown prince ordered and monitored the killing, Senator Bob Corker said.

Graham, who is a member of the armed services and foreign relations committees, told Fox News that he he could no longer support arms sales to Riyadh under Mohammed, who he called "a wrecking ball when it comes to the Mideast".

"The prosecution's move to issue arrest warrants for Asiri and Qahtani reflects the view that the Saudi authorities won't take formal action against those individuals", one unnamed Turkish official told Reuters. Graham voted in favor of the resolution.